New DFW fiction?

Hard to tell if this is on the up-and-up, or if it’s an attention-getting scam, but a forthcoming student lit-journal claims to be holding new David Foster Wallace fiction:

We here at The Chaffey Review literary magazine would first like to extend yet another expression of sympathy towards the entire David Foster Wallace fan community concerning his tragic passing. We do, however, have interesting and potentially exciting news concerning a
previously unpublished Wallace piece. Before his death, Wallace agreed to donate a portion of a larger work (“An Untitled Chunk”) along with first publishing rights, to the students of Chaffey College, allowing us to print it in the first edition of our literary magazine. The magazine is being published this January and is the only available printing of this piece. Our contract with
Wallace’s family and agent dictates that we cannot publish any portion of the piece online, nor in any other publication, so this is truly a unique opportunity.

You can find more information about The Chaffey Review at
We request that you pass on this information about Wallace’s piece to the rest of the Davis Foster Wallace fan community in order to promote this final piece of his work.
Thank you very much,
The Chaffey Review Literary Magazine

Ordering information is here, if you’re interesting in rolling the dice and maybe getting one of the copies, assuming the print run is small.

If it’s true, I’m glad.  If it’s a hoax, I’m tracking you little crackers down and knocking your heads together.  (via)


One Reply to “New DFW fiction?”

  1. Hmm. Smells like a scam to me, because they’re making a big deal out of it. It’s almost like they’re gloating. Then again, I can’t imagine that any literary journal would make such a bold statement and then not follow through on it. If the journal welshes, so to speak, the backlash will be hard to shake. To put it mildly.

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